How do CASA volunteers advocate for children?

CASA volunteers build a relationship with the child that allows them to provide sound advocacy throughout the onerous legal process. The volunteer reviews all records pertaining to the child (school, medical, case file, etc.). In addition, they talk with parents, family members, care providers, social workers, school officials, health providers and others that are familiar with the child or family and able to provide input on the history and/or needs of the child. Through this investigative work, the volunteer is then able to make objective recommendations and advocate for the needs of the child with Child Protective Services and the Courts.